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Conclusion

You probably thought that after leaving high school you would no longer need to deal with bullies. Unfortunately, some of them grow up and become managers. Tolerance for bullies is decreasing, but our society is still relatively slow to take action against bullies, whether it occurs in junior high school or at work. Meanwhile, the toll that bullying takes is substantial. There is much that we can do to protect ourselves and to decrease it within our organizations.

Perhaps the first thing to remember is that bullies are disturbed individuals. This is not simply another management style, it is abuse. These are not average people, they are sick puppies. Bullies (see Table 8-1) stand at the intersection of narcissism and aggression. The first trait you will see is their anger. You might initially think that their problem is irritability or ruthlessness. They are not, however, simply blowing off steam or willing to step on you as they pursue their objectives. Their central aim is to intimidate you and not simply to vent their frustration.


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